The GMC Acadia has an all-new look for 2017, making it a standout among its rivals in the midsize crossover sector. An updated look is not all the latest Acadia has going for it. GMC shortened the wheelbase by 6.4 inches and shaved 700 pounds off the total weight, making it more compact and easier to drive, especially in traffic.
While the cargo volume drops significantly, from 116 cubic feet down to 79 cubic feet, GMC has added a number of nice touches that help retain storage space. The second- and third-row seats easily fold completely flat, and a couple of underfloor storage bins make storing small items out of sight easy and convenient.
Automatic climate control, a 110-volt outlet in the second row, five USB ports scattered throughout the vehicle and a 4G hotspot make sure everyone is always connected.
What's New for 2017
The all-new design is the big news for 2017. It sports a bold new design, a distinctive grill and wraparound headlights as well as a variety of wheel options.
In addition to the new design, the 2017 Acadia is also sporting a new engine and transmission option. A brand new four-cylinder engine that gets an impressive 21 mpg in the city comes standard and is paired to a six-speed transmission that is equipped with advanced stop/start technology. The optional 3.6-liter V6 engine with an estimated 310 horsepower is better suited to heavy-duty users who may need the towing power of a V6.
Choosing Your GMC Acadia
The 2017 model year adds another decision that must be made when choosing your Acadia. You will need to determine whether you want a four-cylinder engine under the hood or to upgrade to a trim that offers the V6. The base model SL and SLE-1 are only available with the four-cylinder engine while all of the higher trim levels either offer the V6 as an option or standard equipment.
Every GMC Acadia is nicely outfitted for this price range and includes standard equipment such as a programmable power lift gate, keyless open and remote start, automatic climate control and a 7-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard across all trim levels.
Moving past the base models adds standard features such as Side Blind Zone with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist, upgrades the touchscreen to 8 inches and adds in a Bose 8-speaker audio system.
Prices range from $29,995 for the base model SL, up to $45,845 for the top-of-the-line Denali.
The Acadia is available in six trim levels: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and the Denali.
The Denali is a high priced luxury vehicle and while it offers some great features, the SLT-2 may be the better value. On the lower end of the price spectrum, the SLE-2 offers great standard features at a very affordable price.